Open Internet News

15th February 2019

#KeepItOn: Nigeria Urged to Ensure Online Communications Remain Accessible During Elections

By Juliet Nanfuka |

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) has joined the #KeepItOn coalition in urging the Nigerian Authorities to ensure that access to digital communications remains open before, during and after the elections which take place on February 16, 2019.

The call implores the state to reaffirm its commitment to keep the internet during…

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12th February 2019

Government Shelves Telecoms Sector Bill

By Bekezela Phakathi |

Business, mobile operators and the DA welcome the news, citing the bill’s impingement on privacy and deleterious effect on the economy.

The government has shelved a controversial proposed law aimed at regulating infrastructure sharing in the telecommunications sector.

One of the contentious proposals in the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill was the establishment of a wireless open-access network (WOAN), which…

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31st January 2019

Social Media Tax Cuts Ugandan Internet Users by Five Million, Penetration Down From 47% to 35%

By Juliet Nanfuka |

The tax which the Uganda government introduced on use of social media last July has slashed the number of internet users in the country by five million in three months, according to figures from the industry regulator, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC). The numbers also show that revenue from the tax is far from the windfall which government had predicted…

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21st January 2019

High Court Sets aside Internet Shutdown Directives

Zimbabwe News Update |

High Court judge Justice Owen Tagu on 21 January 2019 ruled that the Minister of State in the President’s Office Responsible for National Security does not have the authority to issue any directives in terms of the Interception of Communications Act.

This means that the directives issued by Minister Owen Ncube to shut down the Internet in Zimbabwe…

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18th January 2019

La société civile s’inquiète des perturbations persistantes de Internet au Tchad

News update |

La société civile s’inquiète des perturbations persistantes de Internet au Tchad

République du Tchad,
Gouvernement de la République du Tchad,

Nous, Organisations signataires, sommes profondément préoccupées par les multiples perturbations des services Internet au Tchad.

En effet, le 25 janvier 2018, les autorités tchadiennes ont arrêté Internet avant les manifestations prévues par des groupes de la société civile et des syndicats du…

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17th January 2019

Hands off Cyber Security, ICASA told

By Admire Moyo |

South African telcos, Internet service providers, industry bodies and analysts are largely of the view that the Independent Communications Authority of SA’s (ICASA’s) forays into cyber security will bear hard upon the already overburdened telecommunications regulator.

Today and tomorrow, ICASA is holding public hearings in respect of the discussion document which was published to solicit written submissions regarding the authority’s role and responsibilities in the…

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International Campaign to bring back Internet in Chad

News update |
Internet Without Borders launches an international campaign against Internet censorship in Chad, to act against the blocking of social media and the high cost of Internet access in this landlocked country located in Central Africa.
Deployed online and offline, the campaign will begin on January 19, 2019 with demonstrations in Paris, N’djamena, a fundraising to purchase VPN access for Chadian…

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16th January 2019

CIPESA and OpenNet Africa Join Public Call Against Internet Shutdown in Zimbabwe

By Juliet Nanfuka |

Zimbabwe has experienced a shutdown of social media platforms and major websites as of January 15, 2019 following public protests against a 150% increase in fuel prices. The protests have resulted in the death of at least eight people and arrest of up to 200 others. The disruptions to online communications were reported on social media and also confirmed by network measurements conducted by Netblocks.

https://twitter.com/netblocks/status/1085100824970313729

The…

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